Brooksville local joins Teach for America


Nicholas Casorio has been selected to join the nonprofit’s 2016 teaching corps.

NEW YORK —Teach For America announced that Brooksville local Nicholas Casorio has been selected to join the nonprofit’s 2016 teaching corps.

Teach For America is a nationwide organization that recruits talented and committed graduates and professionals to teach students in high need classrooms over a two-year commitment. As leaders in the classroom, Teach For America corps members make an immediate impact on lives of their students. After their time with Teach For America, most of the corps members continue their promising trajectory as leaders in many different fields.

School district menus go digital

photo by Douglas P Perkins

“The number one reason students don’t eat in cafeterias,” said Tommy Wafford, “is the wait time in line.” Meal Viewer makes that time more enjoyable for students, Wafford explained. Meal Viewer is a digital signage product that can be coordinated with twitter feeds and surveys. It displays the current menu, which includes nutritional and allergen information. It can also show school related videos. Updating the menu is seamless and can be done quickly. The school board approved capital outlay of $200,000 to implement the digital signage and software in middle and high schools.

New positions created to comply with federal law

In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), an updated version of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), President Bush’s 2002 effort to provide updated standards and school accountability. Through annual grants, the federally funded Title I program supports children who are low achieving or at risk of failing to meet state education standards, especially in the areas of reading and math.

Superintendent's Update 8/16/16

Karen Jordan, Information Officer for the School District, announced several changes in staff which occurred over the summer.

Gina Michalicka, previously Executive Director for Academic Services, has been promoted to Deputy Superintendent.

John Stratton, formerly the principal of Central High School, will succeed Michalicka as Executive Director of Academic Services.

Chris Mundell, who has served in many capacities in his 14 years in the transportation department, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Transportation.

Boyce Siblings excel in academics and music

Hernando Sun Staff

Boyce siblings, photo submitted

This month, the Hernando Youth Orchestra Concertmaster, John Boyle, 16 is heading to Baylor University in Waco, Texas to begin his studies. He earned a scholarship to Baylor with an excellent academic record and exceptional skill as a violinist. He has been a member of the HYO for nine years. John plays a number of other instruments and has also participated in the Hernando Symphony Orchestra.

Citizens Comments July 19th HCSB meeting

Pam Everett expressed concern about the letter from Gus Guadagnino on social media which stated, “Yesterday I was made aware that the 2015-2016 preliminary district and school grades were posted on the Florida DOE school grades webpage. As a current member of the HCSB, I am calling on every educator, parent, and student to come together as a unified voice to let our legislators and the FDOE stop using our children as test pilots for their standards assessment of the FSA.” Everett asked, “If the HCSB is opposing retention of 3rd grade students, why have we not heard about this yet?” .

Discussion on taxes that support infrastructure

The Hernando County School Board voted to approve the tentative millage rates for fiscal year 2016-2017 at the first public budget hearing on July 19th.

One segment of the property tax is the 1.5 mill capital outlay tax, which will generate $12,420,332 in revenue during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Similar to the half cent sales tax revenue ($7.5 million for FY 2016-2017), the capital outlay tax can only be spent on capital projects which include expenses such as construction, remodeling, maintenance and technology. It cannot be spent on teacher salaries or benefits.